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# Computers and Mathematics with Applications 57 (2009) 757762

## Computers and Mathematics with Applications

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## B-spline method for solving linear system of second-order boundary

value problems
Nazan Caglar a, , Hikmet Caglar b
a
Istanbul Kultur University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, 34156 Atakoy-Istanbul, Turkey
b
Istanbul Kultur University Department of Mathematics-Computer, Istanbul, Turkey

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Article history: The B-spline method is used for the numerical solution of a linear system of second-order
Received 3 July 2008 boundary value problems. Two examples are considered for the numerical illustration and
Received in revised form 14 July 2008 the method is also compared with the method proposed by J. Lu [J. Lu, Variational iteration
Accepted 10 September 2008
method for solving a nonlinear system of second-order boundary value problems, Comput.
Math. Appl. 54 (2007) 11331138]. The comparison shows that the B-spline method is a
Keywords:
more efficient and effective tool and yields better results.
Second-order boundary value problems
B-spline
Linear system
Differential equation
Boundary conditions

1. Introduction

Systems of ordinary differential equations have been applied to many problems in physics, engineering, biology and so
on. There are many publications dealing with the linear system of second-order boundary value problems. They introduced
various numerical methods. For instance, a finite difference method has been proposed in recent works . Also Geng et al.
have studied the numerical solution of a nonlinear system of second-order boundary value problems in the reproducing
kernel space . J. Lu considered the variational iteration method to solve a nonlinear system of second-order boundary
value problems . In this paper, we present and analyze the B-spline method for the solution of a linear system of second-
order boundary value problems with the assumption that the solutions are unique. We consider the following linear system
of second-order boundary value problems:

## u00 + a1 (x)u0 + a2 (x)u + a3 (x)v 00 + a4 (x)v 0 + a5 (x)v = f1 (x),

(
v 00 + b1 (x)v 0 + b2 (x)v + b3 (x)u00 + b4 (x)u0 + b5 (x)u = f2 (x), (1)
u(0) = u(1) = 0, v(0) = v(1) = 0,
where ai (x), bi (x), f1 (x) and f2 (x) are given functions, and ai (x), bi (x) are continuous, i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

## 2. Analysis of B-spline method

The third-degree B-spline is used to construct numerical solutions to a given problem (1). A detailed description of third-
degree B-spline functions can be found in . The third-degree B-splines are defined as
Bi1 (x) = B0 (x (i 1)h), i = 2, 3, . . . ,

Corresponding author.
E-mail address: ncaglar@iku.edu.tr (N. Caglar).

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Table 1
Values of Bi , B0i and B00i .

## xi xi+1 xi+2 xi+3 xi+4

Bi 0 1 4 1 0
B0i 0 3/h 0/h 3/h 0
B00i 0 6/h2 12/h2 6/h2 0

0x<h
3
x
h x < 2h

1 3x3 + 12hx2 12h2 x + 4h3

B0 (x) = (2)
6h3 3x3 24hx2 + 60h2 x 44h3 2h x < 3h
3h x < 4h.

3
x + 12hx2 48h2 x + 64h3
To solve second-order boundary value problems, Bi , B0i and B00i evaluated at the nodal points are needed. Their coefficients
are summarized in Table 1.
Let
n 1
X
u(x) = Cj Bj (x), (3)
j=3

n1
X
v(x) = Dj Bj (x), (4)
j=3

be an approximate solution of Eq. (1), where Cj and Dj are unknown real coefficients and Bj (x) are third-degree B-spline
functions. Let x0 , x1 , . . . , xn be n + 1 grid points in the interval [a, b], so that
xi = a + ih, i = 0, 1, . . . , n; x0 = a, xn = b, h = (b a)/n. It is required that the approximate solution (3) and (4)
satisfies the differential equation at the points x = xi . Putting Eqs. (3) and (4) in (1), it follows that
n 1
X n 1
X
Cj [B00j (xi ) + a1 (xi )B0j (xi ) + a2 (xi )Bj (xi )] + Dj [a3 (xi )B00j (xi ) + a4 (xi )B0j (xi ) + a5 (xi )Bj (xi )] = f1 (xi )
j=3 j=3

i = 0, 1, . . . , n, (5)
n 1
X n1
X
Dj [B00j (xi ) + b1 (xi )B0j (xi ) + b2 (xi )Bj (xi )] + Cj [b3 (xi )B00j (xi ) + b4 (xi )B0j (xi ) + b5 (xi )Bj (xi )] = f2 (xi )
j=3 j=3

i = 0, 1, . . . , n, (6)
and boundary conditions can be written as
n 1
X
Cj Bj (x) = 0, for x = 0, (7)
j=3

n 1
X
Cj Bj (x) = 0, for x = 1, (8)
j=3

n 1
X
Dj Bj (x) = 0, for x = 0, (9)
j=3

n 1
X
Dj Bj (x) = 0, for x = 1. (10)
j=3

The spline solution of Eq. (1) is obtained by solving the following matrix equation. The value of the spline functions at
the knots {xi }ni=0 are determined using Table 1 and substituting (5)(10). Then a system of 2(n + 3) linear equations in the
2(n + 3) unknowns C3 , C2 , . . . , Cn1 , D3 , D2 , . . . , Dn1 are obtained. This system can be written in the matrix-vector
form as follows
AE = F , (11)
where
E = [C3 , C2 , . . . , Cn1 , D3 , D2 , . . . , Dn1 ]T ,
F = [0, f1 (x0 ), . . . , f1 (xn ), 0, 0, f2 (x0 ), . . . , f2 (xn ), 0]T ,
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## and A is an 2(n + 3)x2(n + 3)-dimensional matrix given by

M1 | M2
" #
A= .
M4 | M3
We define four submatrices M1 , M2 , M3 and M4 as follows:
1 4 1 0 0 0

1 (x0 ) 1 (x0 ) 1 (x0 ) 0 0 0
0
1 (x1 ) 1 (x1 ) 1 (x1 ) 0 0

,
M1 =

0 0 0 1 (xn ) 1 (xn ) 1 (xn )

1 4 1
0 0 0 0 0 0

2 (x0 ) 2 (x0 ) 2 (x0 ) 0 0 0
0
2 (x1 ) 2 (x1 ) 2 (x1 ) 0 0

,
M2 =

0 0 0 2 (xn ) 2 (xn ) 2 (xn )

0 0 0
1 4 1 0 0 0

3 (x0 ) 3 (x0 ) 3 (x0 ) 0 0 0
0
3 (x1 ) 3 (x1 ) 3 (x1 ) 0 0

M3 = ,

0 0 0 3 (xn ) 3 (xn ) 3 (xn )

1 4 1
0 0 0 0 ... 0 0

4 (x0 ) 4 (x0 ) 4 (x0 ) 0 0 0
0
4 (x1 ) 4 (x1 ) 4 (x1 ) 0 0

.
M4 =

0 0 0 4 (xn ) 4 (xn ) 4 (xn )

0 0 0
Also the coefficients in the submatrices M1 , M2 , M3 and M4 have the following form
6 3
1 (xi ) = + a1 (xi ) + a2 (xi ), i = 0 , . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
2 (xi ) = a3 (xi ) + a4 (xi ) + a5 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
3 (xi ) = + b1 (xi ) + b2 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
4 (xi ) = b3 (xi ) + b4 (xi ) + b5 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
12 0
1 (xi ) = + a1 (xi ) + 4a2 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
12 0
2 (xi ) = a3 (xi ) + a4 (xi ) + 4a5 (xi ), i = 0 , . . . , n,
h2 h
12 0
3 (xi ) = + b1 (xi ) + 4b2 (xi ), i = 0 , . . . , n,
h2 h
12 0
4 (xi ) = b3 (xi ) + b4 (xi ) + 4b5 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
1 (xi ) = + a1 (xi ) + a2 (xi ), i = 0 , . . . , n,
h2 h
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## Fig. 2. Results for Example 1 with v(x) = x x2 .

Table 2
The maximum absolute errors for Examples 1 and 2.
Example n Absolute error u(x) Absolute error v(x)

## 1 21 3.413935800722 1015 1.845745778439 1015

2 21 1.895787997540 103 9.605012467053 105
2 41 4.746227547210 104 2.408660889305 105
2 61 2.109990823906 104 1.071126800022 105

6 3
2 (xi ) = a3 (xi ) + a4 (xi ) + a5 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
3 (xi ) = + b1 (xi ) + b2 (xi ), i = 0, . . . , n,
h2 h
6 3
4 (xi ) = b3 (xi ) + b4 ( xi ) + b5 (xi ), i = 0 , . . . , n.
h2 h
To illustrate the method and error analysis of the boundary value problem (1), two examples are discussed in the
following section.

## 3. Computational results and discussion

In this section, some numerical examples are studied to demonstrate the accuracy of the present method. The results
obtained by the method are compared with the analytical solution of each example. It was found that our method in
comparison with the method of J. Lu  is much better with a view to accuracy and utilization.
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## Fig. 4. Results for Example 2 with v(x) = x2 x.

Table 3
Comparison of our methods with the method of J. Lu in the solution of problem 2 for u(x).
1
x Exact solution J. Lu solution Proposed method h = 41

## 0.0 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000

0.1 0.30902 0.30935 0.30888
0.2 0.58779 0.59030 0.58751
0.3 0.80902 0.81686 0.80863
0.4 0.95106 0.96764 0.95060
0.5 1.00000 1.02770 0.99952
0.6 0.95106 0.98974 0.95060
0.7 0.80902 0.85491 0.80863
0.8 0.58779 0.63265 0.58751
0.9 0.30902 0.33996 0.30887
1.0 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000

## u00 (x) + xu(x) + xv(x) = f1 (x),

v 00 (x) + 2xv(x) + 2xu(x) = f2 (x),

subject to the boundary conditions u(0) = u(1) = 0, v(0) = v(1) = 0 where 0 < x < 1, f1 (x) = 2 and f2 (x) = 2. The
exact solutions u(x), v(x) are x2 x and x x2 , respectively. The observed maximum absolute errors for various values of
n are given in Table 2. The numerical results are illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2.
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## Example 2. We consider the following equations

u00 (x) + (2x 1)u0 (x) + cos( x)v 0 (x) = f1 (x),
v 00 (x) + xu(x) = f2 (x),
subject to the boundary conditions u(0) = u(1) = 0, v(0) = v(1) = 0 where 0 < x < 1, f1 (x) = 2 sin( x) + (2x
1) cos( x) + (2x 1) cos( x) and f2 (x) = 2 + x sin( x).The exact solutions u(x), v(x) are sin( x) and x2 x, respectively.
The observed maximum absolute errors for various values of n are given in Table 2. The numerical results are illustrated in
1
Figs. 3 and 4. The comparison of the B-spline solution of this example for h = 41 with the method of J. Lu  is given in
Table 3. As is evident from the numerical results, the present method approximates the exact solution very well.

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